Found February 17, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Dan Uggla
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
As the Atlanta Braves open their spring training for the 2013 season in Florida, the hopeful team is happy to finally have a fully healthy first baseman back this year. Freddie Freeman suffered a serious bruise to his left index finger in the middle of last season after being struck by a Jose Reyes throw while he was sliding. He battled with the injury for the remainder of the season and he had to adjust his swing. He told reporters that he is finally healthy and is looking forward to the 2013 season. Freeman said that shortly after the first of the year he could finally make a fist with his hand and began hitting last month. “I started hitting with Dan Uggla last month. It was a lot of fun knowing that I was fully healthy,” said Freeman. Freeman told reporters that he believes he has rectified a situation that bothered him for much of last season as well, his vision. The first baseman told reporters that he has finally found a pair of contact lenses that are comfortable and he has ordered a special pair of clear Oakley glasses to wear while playing this season. Freeman is hoping to improve on his .262 batting average last season and could be poised for a breakout season. The post Atlanta Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman proclaims himself healthy appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

2013 Televised Spring Training Games

A few news sources have posted the schedules for TV broadcasts of Braves spring training games. Here they are in date-order (instead of network-order, which is not helpful to anyone but easy for the media to copy/paste, haha): 2/28 Braves @ Phillies (1:00p, MLBN - live) 3/03 Tigers @ Braves (1:00p, CSS - live; replay 8:00p, MLBN) 3/04 Braves @ Mets (1:00p, MLBN - live) 3/05 Braves...

New year, new role for Braves' Pastornicky

LAKE BUENVA VISTA, Fla. Last February, Tyler Pastornicky came into spring training as the favorite to be the Braves' everyday shortstop. A year later, he's preparing to take on an entirely different role. During Monday's infield drills, Terry Pendleton hit a sharp grounder up the middle and Pastornicky, playing second base, charged. He backhanded the ball and in a fluid...

Pre-game for Turner Field’s first Braves game

Just stumbled upon this gem on YouTube. Can't wait for the season to start!!

Chopcast: Pastornicky, Gattis fight for spots

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Chipper Jones Has Arrived at Braves Spring Camp

Chipper Jones was a fixture at the past 19 Braves spring trainings Chipper Jones has arrived at the Braves complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and will participate in tomorrow’s afternoon workout session.  Jones has been a fixture at the Braves last 19 spring camps, so having him around the practices will add a sense of normalcy. Jones isn’t the first former player to visit...

Relievers by pitch value - Craig Kimbrel is the bomb

I took a look yesterday at qualifying starting pitchers using PitchF/X pitch values to find the top ten and bottom ten values using repertoire as criteria. In other words, if you put together the value of all their pitches, which pitcher had the deadliest set of pitches. Kershaw came out on top with Verlander a close second. Nova came in dead last among the 85 qualifiers with Ricky...

Brian McCann Faces Pressure-Filled 2013 Season

MCann enters 2013 in the last year of his contract Braves catcher Brian McCann will face major challenges this season, and he will be facing them with a surgically repaired right shoulder that most likely won’t be 100% until the 2013 season is well underway. McCann didn’t have a “Brian McCann” type season at the plate in 2012, when he hit only .230, with 20 homers, 67 runs...

Braves Dark Horse Candidate at Third Base?

The Braves need production against left-handed pitching from the third base position Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson are the two top candidates to man the Braves third base position this season.  Most likely in some sort of platoon situation, although the Braves have hopes that one or the other can step up and play well enough to win the full-time job. But could there be a dark...

Suzanna went to the Rock Hill Caravan!

Sorry I've been so slow to put this up; Suzanna's story below of her trip to the Rock Hill, SC caravan stop is a fun one. Thanks for sharing! ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Hey, Lauren!  Here’s my experience from the Braves Caravan in Rock Hill on Wednesday.  I was only able to get a few pics, but I have where they’re supposed to go marked by the...

Braves spring training: Day 2

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. To ring in's first day of embedded Braves coverage at the Walt Disney World sports complex, here's an all-encompassing postcard from Day 2 of full-squad workouts: Four Workout Observations 1. The infield practice portion was an exercise in casual precision. At some point during drill work, the shortstops fielded five consecutive...

Braves Spring Training: Day 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Here's a postcard to commemorate Day 3 of's embedded coverage from Braves camp, easily the weekend's coldest day (temps in the upper 40slow 50s): Seven Workout Observations 1. On a separate field outside Champion Stadium, with a stiff crosswind heading out to right-center field, Jason Heyward quickly found his groove, spraying...
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